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UN chief warns world failing on climate

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned Tuesday that the world was failing its last chance to control climate change, appealing to nations to ramp up slow but steady progress at talks in Mexico. In an emphatic address to the 194-nation talks, the UN chief highlighted studies by scientists who say…

Climate change could cut clean water to three billion people: report

Almost half of humanity could lose clean water access due to climate change, according to a British report to be released tomorrow ahead of an international climate change conference in Mexico. “The main message is that the closer we get to a four-degree rise, the harder it will be to…

Pentagon report shows little progress, rampant corruption in Afghanistan

Little progress has been made against Taliban fighters and the Afghan government remains weak and rife with corruption, according to the Pentagon’s semiannual report to Congress on the war in Afghanistan. The report, titled “Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan,” was released this week and outlines the failures and…

Climate and consumers biggest threats to future: UN

Rich countries “need to blaze the trail” on making economic growth less dependent on fossil fuels and helping poor nations get onto the path of sustainable development, said the annual Human Development Report. Highlighting the failure of last year’s Copenhagen climate summit, it called for international commitment at events such…

Obama says voters may blame him for economy

Obama says econ recovery ‘painfully slow,’ he understands voters may blame him in elections President Barack Obama insisted Friday that the U.S. economy is digging itself out of the deepest recession in decades but conceded that “progress has been painfully slow” and many voters in November’s elections may blame him.…

As public sours on war, GOP senator backs Afghan pullout deadline

One influential Republican senator has changed his mind on President Barack Obama’s plan to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in the summer of 2011. After a recent trip to the region, Sen. Lindsey Graham returned to say that he believes some troops could be removed in July 2011. “After this…

Petraeus: Time is key for progress in Afghanistan

Top Army general in Afghanistan argues for patience, says progress occurring in 9-year-old war Progress in the Afghanistan war is occurring gradually, despite rising U.S. casualties, Army Gen. David Petraeus says in comments aimed at shoring up support among an increasingly skeptical American public. Arguing for patience, Petraeus said that…

Afghan leaks hand Obama new political nightmare

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Bombshell intelligence leaks on the Afghan war will likely deepen public pessimism over US hopes of victory and heighten President Barack Obama’s political exposure over the bleak conflict, analysts say. The tens of thousands of leaked files have already added heat to slow boiling skepticism of Obama’s…

Obama: Republicans block tax cuts for small business

President Barack Obama went on the attack Saturday, accusing Republicans in the US Congress of attempting “to filibuster” US recovery and “obstruct” progress. “Too often, the Republican leadership in the United States Senate chooses to filibuster our recovery and obstruct our progress. And that has very real consequences,” Obama said…

‘Significant progress’ in replacing US oil well cap

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — BP has made “significant progress” in installing a new cap over the gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and may be hours away from fitting it in place, officials said Monday. “We’ve made significant progress. This could lead to the shutting of the well,”…

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